Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Morphing Zionism

By Nahida Exiled Palestinian

Will abandoning Zionism save Palestine?

Zionism has already achieved ALL its goals of creating a "homeland" for Jews, be it as it may at the expense of another nation and on the total destruction of another people.

Abandoning Zionism will not solve the problem of Palestine. It will neither give Palestinians their right nor their land back

Indeed, we hear many so called "Israelis" are frantically calling now for the abandonment of zionism in a desperate attempt to save this Frankenstein entity.

Moreover, rather naively, some of our supporters believe that the only solution for the Palestinian tragedy would be to de-zionise "israel". I could not disagree more.

Abandoning Zionism could potentially become even more detrimental than militant Zionism, to Palestinians' inalienable Rights, and to the Holy Land of Palestine. It would just consolidate Zionist aims, just give it a softer name. The endorsement and support of the so called “anti-zionists” to the imposed presence of “Israelis”, literally gives the “coup de grace” to Palestine.

Our allies who support the permanent stay of Jewish zionist in the land of Palestine (providing they abandon Zionism), do not realize that by doing so they are finishing the job neatly for the zionists and putting the cherry on the zionist-project pie; by giving them the approval and moral justification to keep hold of land and property acquired by unethical and illegal means

The lawsuits on behalf of Jewish people who lost property in Europe during WW2 are ongoing, almost seventy years after, yet many of our supporters cringe at the fact that we are entitled to the same, because the reinstatement and total restoration of our rights would effectively mean a full restitution of land and property from the Jewish zionist colonizers back to the original and legitimate Palestinian owners.

For me as a Palestinian as it ought to be for anyone who cares for Justice and Peace, the idea that there would be a "right" for some people to keep land and property acquired by military conquest and ethnic cleansing of genocidal proportion, is not only a regressive monstrosity, but it is also in full contravention with a set of laws emerged precisely out of WW2, and in full contradiction with any sense of moral principles.

God is not a real estate agent, nor is God a warlord, hence the "right" of Jewish colonizer is simply non-existent, whether they brandish the racist "zionist" ideology, or the pseudo-religious "God-chosen" dogma, or whether "Post-zionists" collect the "benefits" of Ariel Sharon’s atrocities against the indigenous Palestinians and environmental destruction of Palestine, the Holy Land.

Anyone who does not virulently refute the base of such non existent "right" to keep stolen land and property, is facilitating and justifying future wars of aggression and conquest, followed by colonial settlements and genocide against peaceful indigenous population.

This is nothing less than celebrating barbarity, rewarding criminality and obliteration of the very essence of human morality which mankind had worked hard to foster its progress over millennial.

When those who incessantly declaim the words "Holocaust never again" justify such lopsided views which lay the ground for future wars and genocide, the contradiction and hypocrisy becomes staggering!

"Nothing short of FULL LIBERATION of Palestine is acceptable!"

Zionist think-tanks , appreciative that the goal of zionists (i.e the creation of a Jewish state on the STOLEN land of Palestine) has been achieved, sets its next steps to anchor, protect and fossilize this foreign body of colonizers in the land of Palestine and to secure their future... Their next step to further con the world, will be to declare their abandonment of zionism.

Unfortunately, many of our supporters convince themselves and to the world that "zionism" is the enemy, they focus their campaign on attacking zionism, by doing so, they completely fall in the trap as when they come to face the idea of zionism being abandoned, they would find themselves disarmed and totally impotent.

"Post-Zionism refers to the opinions of some Israeli, diaspora Jews and others, particularly in academia, that Zionism has fulfilled its ideological mission with the creation of modern State of Israel in 1948 and that Zionist ideology should therefore be considered to be at an end. The term is also used by right-wing Jews to refer to the left wing of Israeli politics in light of the Oslo Accords"

"I am a human being, I am a Jew and I am an Israeli. Zionism was an instrument to move me from the Jewish state of being to the Israeli state of being. I think it was Ben-Gurion who said that the Zionist movement was the scaffolding to build the home, and that after the state's establishment it should be dismantled." -- Avraham Burg

"Already at the First Zionist Congress, Herzl's Zionism was victorious over the Zionism of Ahad Ha'am. I think that the 21st century should be the century of Ahad Ha'am. We have to leave Herzl behind and move to Ahad Ha'am." -- Avraham Burg

And who is Ahad Ha'am

He is known as the founder of Cultural Zionism. With his secular vision of a Jewish "spiritual center" in Palestine he confronted Theodor Herzl. Unlike Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, Ha'am strived for "a Jewish state and not merely a state of Jews.

"He believed that rather than aspiring to establish a "National Home" or state immediately, Zionism must aspire to bring Jews to Palestine gradually, making it a cultural center. At the same time, Zionism must inspire a revival of Jewish national life abroad; that would help to bring about a Jewish majority in Palestine. Then and only then will the Jewish people be strong enough to assume the mantle of building a nation state"

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